Change of use achieved in Marylebone, Westminster

change of use

SFP were delighted to assist Pooch’s Butler, a new tenant at 71 York Street, Marylebone in securing planning permission from Westminster City Council for a change of use of the basement and ground floor of the property to a dog grooming parlour and pet shop. The site comprises of a four storey grade II listed terraced building located on the south side of York Street within the Portman Estate Conservation Area. The site is also within a ‘local centre’ and the Council’s local plan states these areas play a localised role for residents and workers, normally containing a mix of convenience goods shops, local service uses, such as pharmacies and launderettes, restaurants, cafés and pubs at ground floor. These centres are said to provide a focal point for community activity, and the availability of a range of shops and services close to where people live can be particularly important for the less mobile.

In this case, we successfully argued the proposals would bring back to use a currently vacant unit with the new use providing an element of retail at ground floor level with an active frontage, shop front display and would serve visiting members of the public to complement the uses within this local centre.

The Council agreed the proposals were in accordance with City Plan policy 14 as well as the aims and aspirations of the NPPF relating to the diversification of the high street. Our Client was please with the resulted and commented;

“Highly recommend SF Planning, did excellent job, and understood my needs straight away.”

Should you require help with gaining planning permission in London or need help with an appeal, then please contact us now: info@sfplanning.co.uk or 020 3763 8005.

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